TIAN An Australia will continue with plans for the Point Grey marina and channel, despite the State Administrative Tribunal upholding the Shire of Murray’s refusal of Stage 1 of the proposed project.
Chief operating officer Hai-Young Lu said they were “delighted” that the SAT accepted the validity of the State and Federal environmental approvals in place for this project, “which in turn recognises our robust, stringent and meticulous approach”.
“This project has sustainability and the future needs of the community at its heart,” he said.
“Point Grey is a vitally important project for the region’s future, and we remain fully committed to delivering it.
“We will take the time we need to understand the SAT’s decision and respond in due course, however, our vision for this important location has not changed.”
Mr Hai-Young Lu said Point Grey was a sustainable project that meets the growing need for more diverse housing in the Peel region.
“It will create around 4000 local jobs during construction and a further 1400 permanent jobs thereafter providing a much-needed boost to the local economy,” he said.
“It will generate long-term economic benefits by helping cement Peel as a world-class tourism destination, while providing much-needed boating and recreation facilities for a growing community.
“We are extremely pleased that the SAT has acknowledged the environmental approvals already granted, meaning that Point Grey can be delivered safely and responsibly.
“This is something the entire community can take confidence in.
“We’re far from discouraged by this decision. We will review things in detail before meeting with stakeholders to plan our next steps as we move towards to construction.”
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie said the Shire of Murray was right to insist the local community have a say about what happens “in our backyard.”
“This is not the end of the matter and we need to remain vigilant,” he said.
Peel Harvey Catchment Council chairwoman Caroline Knight said while the SAT decision was welcomed, “we need to understand that this doesn’t make this proposal go away all together.”
“The proponent may appeal the decision to a higher court, and they may resubmit an application for the marina and channel.
“The PHCC will continue to advocate with all levels of government towards a more permanent protection.”